Calling all singers!
HISS 2017 for chamber choir includes a survey of Monteverdi in the 450th anniversary year of his birth, to include a selection of his Madrigals across Books 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8, written during his time at the Gonzaga court in Mantua. There will be music from the “other” Vespers (1641) with Dixit Dominus II and the Gloria a 7.
We'll also explore settings of words from Psalm 137 By the Waters of Babylon; the pair of motets by de Monte, and Byrd's response to this, an anthem by Boyce and 8-part setting by Victoria. We'll also look at motets by Alonso Lobo. In lighter vein there's music by Waelrant, de Wert, Campion and Dowland. Oh, and do you know the 16 part Crucifixus by Lotti!
Singers – it's up to you if we can do all this! Sign up now to be sure we have the forces to do this fabulous music justice!
HISS 2017 Booking now open
Join us for HISS 2017, bring your friends, and make it a bumper year! Booking is now open on the website. Visit www.hiss.org.uk and secure your place now.
We've moved to a new venue at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley is east Yorkshire. We're celebrating Monteverdi's 450th birthday, and Hull City of Culture with themes of freedom and emancipation. There's more to offer in the courses, too. The idyllic rural setting makes for the perfect musical retreat. And the meerkats? You'll have to join us and find out!
Residential accommodation is close by, and includes either standard rooms (mostly 3 or 4 rooms with shared bathroom) or ensuite. Up to 6 rooms also have a shared fully equipped kitchen area, and there are wet rooms, and it is also possible to make up a small number of twin rooms for couples. Parking is on site, free, and close to the accommodation. A shuttle minibus will operate between Beverley Station and the campus on the opening and closing days of the course (for a small fare).
The move also enables us to consolidate the course offer. There will be more integrated and sustained core (progressive) courses for eg viol consort, chamber choir, folk/traditional singing by ear, Baroque string orchestra as well as the usual folk string, wind and plucked string classes. There will be the expected large and small ensemble classes, and collaborative explorations of folk and traditional music and its connections with early music. Naturally the now equally traditional events, such as the ceilidh, the tutors concert, the Musical Banquet and the final concert will feature. The self service restaurant is next door to the bar, and there are other food and drink outlets for lunchtime.
On the 360 hectare site there is an Olympic standard equestrian centre, and an animal centre (for the veterinary courses), worth a visit, with otters, reas, alpacas, parakeets and meerkats, etc, as well as more familiar pets.
Thanks to all who came to HISS 2016. Recapture those memories from the most successful sixth year of this unique summer school - see the gallery of precious moments caught on camera!
From the ceilidh, or the tutors concert, or the flashmob recorders and Ancient Women, relive the experience!
They're all here
Thank you to all who have booked for HISS 2016. Early Bird booking has now officially closed.
It promises to be an exciting week! However, as ever, we could really do with more singers and players at the lower end - and I am not referring (just) to the scatological humour of some of Purcell's catches (as above) that we will be experiencing!
Yes, we mean more singers on the tenor and bass lines, and players of lower strings and wind instruments, to achieve a good balance in our ensembles. If you have missed the "early bird" and fit into these lower categories - do get in touch, if you're quick, as we may still be able to offer some incentive to be there!
News from the conference office at Scarborough Campus . . .
Fresh look to our bedrooms
2016 has got off to a great start for us, we’ve been really busy updating the look of our onsite, en-suite accommodation.
We’ve introduced new soft furnishings in a gorgeous shade of teal and procured brand new beds and mattresses to make your stay with us even more comfortable and enjoyable.
So, you can be well rested after your exciting, exhausting days of making music at HISS 2016!
A nice little article on HISS in 2016 Classical Music magazine's Summer Schools supplement. Get the whole story here on the website: www.hiss.org.uk
Rebecca Austen-Brown, who joins us as a new wind tutor for HISS 2016, features on the new album of medieval and renaissance consort music 'Woods So Wild' from Fontanella Recorder Quintet
Available now, Fontanella's new album is a feast for the ears, eyes and mind... Amazing recorder consort playing, thoughtful programming and notes, great design and photography. Only £10 (including UK P&P) until the end of February. http://www.barncottagerecords.co.uk/store.html
We're very pleased to announce that Rebecca Austen-Brown will be joining us as a wind tutor for HISS 2016.
She is a highly accomplished and versatile performer on recorder, and also on medieval fiddle - in fact as a multi-instrumentalist, she has an impressive and burgeoning array of instruments on which to play, including baroque violin and viola, renaissance flute, psaltery, and bagpipes in her collection.
You can see more about her on the Tutor page, and read a biography on the Fontanella Recorder Quintet page.
You can also hear her in action with the Fontanella Recorder Quintet on their new CD The Woods So Wild here.
HISS 2015 was hugely enjoyed by all who attended "best yet" "very friendly" "epic" were comments heard all round. Reviews and photos from HISS 2015 are on the Reviews and Gallery pages.
The website will be updated with new information during the coming weeks, but we can announce the dates for HISS 2016 as 15 - 19 August 2016, again at Scarborough Campus. We look forward to welcoming many of you back next year!